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2 flashing red lights

My xbox works for about 5 mins then just shuts down with 2 red lights on the left hand side

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That red light setup means that the system is overheating. You should be able to leave it off and just go again, but if it keeps doing it consistently like you say, I have to ask: is the console or the power supply box on a carpet? I recommend leaving them on a hard surface to prevent insulating any heat. These parts are prone to overheat. If that doesn't help, I dunno. Ask Microsoft. Probably an internal issue with heat sinks or heat compound, I'd recon.

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